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Wednesday, May 4, 2011
Brief News Update for Wednesday 3rd May, 2011
UFO PREPARES TO KICK OFF 2011 NORTH AMERICAN TOUR
DRUMMER ANDY PARKER AND GUITARIST VINNIE MOORE COMMENT ON THE UPCOMING SHOWS
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UFO's 2011 North American tour with special guests MINDFLOW will kick off this Thursday May 5th at The Crazy Donkey in Farmingdale, NY. The band will be touring North America in support of their greatest hits collection entitled "Best of a Decade" which is out now on SPV/Steamhammer.
UFO is also in the process of working on a new studio album scheduled for release this fall. The following are a list of all confirmed dates as of now:
5/5: Farmingdale, NY @ The Crazy Donkey
5/6: Poughkeepsie,NY @ The Chance
5/7: West Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
5/9: Pittsburgh, PA @ The Altar
5/10: New Hope, PA @ Havana
5/11: Baltimore, MD @ Bourbon Street
5/13: New York, NY @ B.B. Kings
5/14: Foxboro (Boston), MA @ The Showcase Live
5/15: Londonderry,NH @ Tupelo Music Hall - SOLD OUT
5/17: Dayton, OH @ McGuffys House of Rock
5/18: Milwaukee, WI @ Shank Hall
5/20: Chicago, IL @ House Of Blues
5/21: Chicago/St. Charles, IL @ The Arcada Theatre
5/22: Akron, OH @ The Tangier
September 2011 9/15: Santa Rosa, CA @ Last Day Saloon
9/16: Sacramento/Orangevale, CA @ Boardwalk
9/17: Santa Clara, CA @ Avalon
9/23: Las Vegas, NV @ Boulder Station Casino
9/24: Los Angeles, CA @ The Key Club
UFO Drummer Andy Parker commented on the upcoming dates:
"I can't wait to get back on the road again, before my wife finds me something else to do. It's been two years since we toured the U.S. so I am really looking forward to the upcoming shows. Where will we see you?"
Guitarist Vinnie Moore chimed in:
"I am looking forward to the may USA tour. We haven't played any shows since December and i have some pent up energy that needs to be released before I go mental. Also, it's been a while since we played America and I am excited that we will be hitting some of our favorite places like Chicago, NY...etc. I can't wait to see all of our fuckin' awesome fans again."
True rock legends such as UFO are characterized not only by the fact that they have added several classic anthems to the annals of rock history, but that their musical output, after many years, still remains at such a consistently high level and they always have something new and fresh coming up. With classic albums such as "Phenomenon", "Force it" and "No Heavy Pettin"Phil Mogg, Vinnie Moore, Andy Parker and Paul Raymond still sound vital and imaginative to this day.
UFO's global breakthrough came when German guitarist, Michael Schenker, joined the fold in 1973, having left his band the Scorpions to accept an offer from Phil Mogg and Pete Way. UFO released three consecutive rock classics with Schenker ( "Phenomenon" (1974), "Force It" (1975) and "No Heavy Pettin'" (1976)), featuring classics such as: 'Doctor Doctor', 'Shoot, Shoot', and 'Rock Bottom'. Following the arrival of keyboardist/rhythm guitarist Paul Raymond, UFO released the albums "Lights Out" (1977) and "Obsession" (1978), which included the hit singles 'Too Hot To Handle', 'Lights Out' and 'Only You Can Rock Me'. Their live release "Strangers In The Night" came out in 1979 and is still considered to be one of the best live releases of all time, unfortunately, this also brought about the end of the Mogg, Way, Schenker, Parker and Raymond line-up.
The reorganized band underwent fifteen years marked by various eras and numerous line-up changes. To everyone's surprise, autumn 1993 saw the return of the former UFO line-up consisting of Mogg, Way, Schenker, Parker and Raymond. This new edition of the classic team released the album "Walk On Water", their first joint effort after in over fifteen years and they embarked on a world tour. However, Schenker left UFO again during the "Walk On Water" tour to continue working with his own group, MSG, while Mogg and Way - Under the nameMogg/Way- went on to release their second album, 'Chocolate Box.' The UFO albums 'Covenant' and 'Sharks,' recorded by Mogg, Way and Schenker, arrived at the stores in 2000 and 2002. Vinnie Moore soon joined the band and recorded songs for the new album "You Are Here" which also featured Jason Bonham (Airrace, Bonham, Led Zeppelin, Foreigner ) taking over the drumming duties. During the subsequent world tour, UFO recorded a show in Germany, which was later released as the live album, "Showtime", as well as a DVD featuring additional bonus material. In 2005 Bonham left UFO to join Foreigner and was replaced by UFO's original drummer, Andy Parker for their release "The Monkey Puzzle" In 2009UFO released the critically acclaimed album "The Visitor".
TO JOIN MUSIC STARS WITH NEW COMPOSITION, ‘TO JAPAN’
Paul Rodgers, Rosanne Cash, George Winston, Glenn Hughes, Dee Snider, among fellow featured artists donating original acoustic songs on new social media channels
“It was a delight to get Jonathan’s contribution, because it is so full of warmth, hope and humanity as well as being just a very good song – period. It’s really added another dimension to the channel.” – co-founder Graham Thomas.
WATCH JONATHAN TIERSTEN PERFORM ‘TO JAPAN’ ON THE ‘ARTISTS SUPPORT JAPAN’ YOUTUBE SITE:
DENVER (May 3, 2011) – Musician/actor JONATHAN TIERSTEN has been selected to join the growing ranks of featured artists such as Paul Rodgers, Rosanne Cash, George Winston, Glenn Hughes and Dee Snider in ARTISTS SUPPORT JAPAN, the new YouTube and Facebook channel launched to raise funds for victims of the recent earthquake and tsunami.
Tiersten, whose latest CD, 'We’ll See,' was just released in late April to notice by Magnet, Goldmine, All Access and beyond, contributed “TO JAPAN,” a song he wrote for the project that connects his childhood experience living in Yokahama during the Vietnam War while his father was an Army doctor, to his roots-with-an-edge songwriting approach.
“My father devoured the culture,” says Tiersten.“I don't know if he knew anything about Japan before that but he was - and is - a firm believer in being a part of a community. Not an outsider just visiting.”
“TO JAPAN” was handpicked by the ARTISTS SUPPORT JAPAN’s co-founders, veteran artist manager Alan Niven (Guns ‘N Roses, Great White) and long-time ad man Graham Thomas, president of Saatchi & Saatchi in Japan for many years. The idea for ARTISTS SUPPORT JAPAN, says Niven, is having artists record an acoustic song “with an i-Phone or whatever, something immediate and real and of the moment, and attach a message of support."
“It was a delight to get Jonathan’s contribution,” says Thomas, “because it is so full of warmth, hope and humanity as well as being just a very good song – period. It’s really added another dimension to the channel.”
Tiersten has been a musician and actor since his teens. As an actor, Tiersten is perhaps best known as the teen star of the cult horror classic Sleepaway Camp, but that soon could be eclipsed if early notice for his upcoming role as a serial killer inThe Perfect House(Gratwick Films) is any indication.
As soon as he heard about ARTISTS SUPPORT JAPAN, Tiersten entered his basement studio, wrote the song and quickly videotaped himself, guerrilla style, performing it solo acoustic.
“I was a bit perplexed at first,” he admits. “I sat down in front of the computer for about an hour, and then it suddenly occurred to me how much Japanese culture has meant to my family. I realized in that hour that I had to write something. I couldn't let this opportunity pass. If they didn't like it so be it. I did what was true to my spirit. I knew that was the Japanese way.
“Once I took pen to paper it happened pretty quickly. I was amazed by the rush of emotions and memories that flooded my conscience. This is truly a country that believes the community is more important than the individual. This is a country that has proven its resilience over and over. It was the least I could do. My sincerest affection to those affected by this tragedy.”
Niven says “we want to offer music that is appealing to everyone: folk to rock, to country, to classical and everything in between. We've had a tremendous response and it just keeps growing every day.”
Tiersten is currently on tour behind 'We'll See,' among last week’s top 3 finishers in Magnet Magazine’s weekly “Most Anticipated Release” poll. The lead single, “Vertigo,” (featuring special guest John Magnie of the Subdudes), was selected in the same week byGoldmine Magazine as its "Download of the Week" and influential radio trade All Access as a "Cool New Music" Pick at Triple A.
SIXX:A.M.'S "THIS IS GONNA HURT" OUT TODAY; CD IS COMPANION SOUNDTRACK TO NIKKI SIXX'S BESTSELLING BOOK
SIXX:A.M.'S FIRST SINGLE, "LIES OF THE BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE"
IS TOP 5 AT ROCK RADIO
"THIS IS GONNA HURT: PHOTOGRAPHY AND LIFE THROUGH THE DISTORTED LENS OF NIKKI SIXX" (WILLIAM MORROW) JUST BOWED AT #4 ON NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERS LIST
(New York, NY) -Rockers Sixx:A.M. have released their second album, THIS IS GONNA HURT today, Tuesday, May 3rd via Eleven Seven Music. The band (Nikki Sixx, bass, James Michael, vocals and Dj Ashba, guitar) is currently enjoying the success of the first single from the new CD, "Lies Of The Beautiful People." The track is now Top 5 at Rock radio and follows on the heels of Sixx:A.M.'s"Life Is Beautiful," which was the most played rock track of 2008.
"Writing, singing and producing THIS IS GONNA HURT has been one of the most fulfilling artistic experiences of my life. Taking elements from Nikki's book and working with both Nikki and Dj has allowed me to move beyond just the typical process of making an album. THIS IS GONNA HURT pushed every boundary and when it was all said and done, I emerged a changed person," said singer James Michael.
THIS IS GONNA HURT will be available atBest Buy and wherever music is sold, as well as online.
Two-time New York Times bestselling author Nikki Sixx's latest offering and the companion piece to the new CD, "This Is Gonna Hurt: Photography And Life Through The Distorted Lens Of Nikki Sixx" (William Morrow) is the first rock self-help book and just bowed in the #4 spot on the The New York Times Best-Seller list. Written as a tribute to Sixx's institutionalized sister, the book and companion album explores what true beauty is and embraces our own power around that. Written entirely by Sixx with no ghostwriter, the book is part journal, part memoir part social commentary and features his original photography. Sixx is currently on a national book-signing tour, please see below for upcoming cities/dates. The unabridged downloadable audio book of "This Is Gonna Hurt: Photography And Life Through The Distorted Lens Of Nikki Sixx" read by the author will also be released today.
Sixx:A.M. is the rock band formed in 2007 by Nikki Sixx, Dj Ashba and James Michael. The last time Sixx:A.M. aligned, their first album which has sold over 300,000 copies, 2007's 'The Heroin Diaries' Soundtrack gave birth to the single, "Life Is Beautiful," which became radio's most-played rock song of 2008. They joined the Crüe Fest tour and played for more than half a million rock fans with Michael at the mic, Ashba on guitar and Sixx on bass.
Def Leppard appearing on US TV shows to promote 'Mirrorball' live album release
To promote the release of their first live album "MIRRORBALL",Def Leppard will be the musical guest on two late night TV shows next week. First, on May 10 they will appear on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno (NBC, 11:35PM EST) and two days later, on May 12, George Lopez will welcome them on Lopez Tonight on (TBS, midnight EST).
The full tracklisting of 'Mirrorball' - To be released exclusively through Walmart in the USA June 7th, 2011 - as a 3 disc set (2 CD, 1 DVD), is as follows:
Disc 1 (of 3)
1. Rock! Rock! (Till You Drop)
4. C'Mon C'Mon
5. Make Love Like A Man
6. Too Late For Love
8. Nine Lives
9. Love Bites
10. Rock On
Disc 2 (of 3)
1. Rock! Rock! (Till You Drop) (DVD)
2. Armageddon It (DVD)
3. Pour Some Sugar On Me (DVD)
4. Hysteria (DVD)
5. Nine Lives (DVD) (Music Video)
6. C'Mon C'Mon (DVD) (Music Video)
Disc 3 (of 3)
1. Two Steps Behind
2. Bringin' On The Heartbreak
3. Switch 625
5. Armageddon It
7. Pour Some Sugar On Me
8. Rock Of Ages
9. Let's Get Rocked
11. Bad Actress
12. Undefeated (New studio track)
13. Kings Of The World (New studio track)
14. It's All About Believin' (New studio track)
I must admit, this is pretty lame compared to other rock acts three disc releases through Walmart, at least on the DVD.
Journey, Foreigner, Kiss and REO Speedwagon have all released three disc sets through Walmart - and BTW Richard Marx has just done the same! - which have featured, one new studio album, one new re-recorded or remastered 'Best of' set and one live concert with at least ten tracks on, DVD recording, makes Def Leppard perhaps look like they are cutting corners?
I for cannot believe that they don't have ten unreleased live tracks that they could put on a DVD for Walmart.
I don't deny that once again, at the price of just $11.88 a three disc set is complete value for money.
It's just a shame that they only have six tracks on the DVD?
You can pre-order the Def Leppard three disc set right here: